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Fences: Theater 101-August Wilson and More
Sat, April 22, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
In conjunction with its presentation of August Wilson's Fences, we offer four theater classes for youth and adults. Taught by members of the Fences cast and producer Leslie Scott-Jones and director Clinton Johnston, these classes provide introduction to August Wilson's work, to black theater, play analysis and play writing.
Black Theater April 15, 11 am - 1pm: An overview of the history of black theater from the 19th century to the present. Featuring selections from representative works, including authors such as Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes, Ntozake Shange and Charles Wright.
August Wilson's Fences April 22, 11 am - 12 pm: An in-depth look into August Wilson's Fences. Topics will include Wilson's work in general, the historical context of the play, the play's character and setting.
Play Analysis April 29, 11 am - 1 pm: What is a play? What makes plays unique? How do they work? How do you figure out what's going on? Introduction on how to break a play into its prime theatrical components in order to understand it in your role of actor, designer or director.
Play Writing May 6, 11 am - 1pm: A quick and dirty introduction to playwrighting, looking at the core components; plot, character, dialogue, and monologue. Come prepared to write.